Abby Sun is a filmmaker, photographer, and programmer, currently working as a programming consultant for True/False Film Fest and programmer for Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Her work proposes a way of resisting, in Teju Cole’s words, “the dominant, colonial power that wants to document and catalog everything”—to move beyond the liberal framework of the current conversation around diversity and inclusion that calls for more complete representation but ignores the power dynamics in the documentary form’s inherent smudging of reality. She also interviews filmmakers and attends festivals as a freelance film critic, and has served as an industry gatekeeping representative on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Center for Asian American Media, the LEF Foundation, the IDA’s Getting Real conference, and other filmmaker funding and support organizations. Her latest short film, “Cuba Scalds His Hand” (with Daniel Garber) premiered at Maryland Film Festival in 2019. Abby previously held positions as the senior editor for Nat. Brut and programmer for True/False Film Fest.  

abbypsun@gmail.com

EDUCATION

2013    Harvard University, Cambridge, MA          A.B. in Visual and Environmental Studies with Highest Honors


AWARDS & GRANTS

2019    FlahertySeminar JustFilms Grant, Ford Foundation, NY, NY

              Industry Academy, Film Society of Lincoln Center, NY, NY

2015    Residency, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, WY

2013    Rudolf Arnheim Prize

              Thomas T. Hoopes Prize

              Alex G. Booth Traveling Fellowship

2012    Artist Development Fellowship

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